NFL approves Rams to LA, Chargers option to join
The Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move to the area, were left out of the deal, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The source requested anonymity because he wasn’t cleared to talk about the vote, which ended the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market.
The compromise- the Chargers and Raiders wanted to share a new stadium in Carson, California, and the Rams wanted to move to nearby Inglewood – was approved 30-2 after the other options did not get the 24 votes needed for approval.
The Chargers can continue to negotiate with San Diego for a new stadium deal, while keeping the option of joining at the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke at the $1.8 billion complex he is building.
The Rams -based in the LA area from 1946-94 – will play in a temporary facility – probably the Los Angeles Coliseum – until the new stadium is ready, most likely for the 2019 season.